Huobi Launches Low-Cost Blockchain Phone With Built-in Crypto Wallet

Huobi Launches Low-Cost Blockchain Phone With Built-in Crypto Wallet

A cheaper blockchain phone is debuting in Southeast Asia, with a U.S. and European launch promised in the near future. Huobi Global announced Tuesday the launch of the “Acute Angle” blockchain phone for $515. The Acute Angle is made by Whole Network, a startup that Huobi invested in. Also announced today, Whole Network’s NODE token will be listed on Huobi Prime.
Samsung at Last Adds Bitcoin Functionality to Its Blockchain Phones

Samsung at Last Adds Bitcoin Functionality to Its Blockchain Phones

Samsung has integrated bitcoin (BTC) functionality on its blockchain-enabled smartphones. The move comes months after the flagship Galaxy S10 range was launched in March with a “Blockchain Keystore” offering cryptocurrency storage and transactions for ether (ETH) and related ERC-20 tokens, but which notably excluded the number one cryptocurrency by market cap.
Samsung to Roll Out Crypto Features on Budget Galaxy Phones

Samsung to Roll Out Crypto Features on Budget Galaxy Phones

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is planning to bring cryptocurrency and blockchain features to more phones across its Galaxy range. Citing a press release from Samsung, Business Korea reported Tuesday that the firm would make its digital wallet app available even on lower-cost models and will further expand the crypto features to more jurisdictions.
HTC Has Added In-Wallet Crypto Swaps to Its EXODUS Phone

HTC Has Added In-Wallet Crypto Swaps to Its EXODUS Phone

HTC’s blockchain phone, the EXODUS 1, now allows users to directly swap between some cryptocurrencies within its native wallet, the Taiwanese electronics giant announced Tuesday. The new feature comes thanks to a new partnership that sees HTC add the liquidity protocol from decentralized exchange startup Kyber Network to its Zion Vault wallet app. The addition means users can swap between ERC-20 tokens such as Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT) and MakerDAO’s DAI stablecoin, directly in Zion Vault, removing the need to first move tokens to third-party cryptocurrency exchanges.
HTC Says Its Next Smartphone Will Run a Full Bitcoin Node

HTC Says Its Next Smartphone Will Run a Full Bitcoin Node

Mobile phone manufacturer HTC wants to let its smartphone customers plug into the bitcoin blockchain. Speaking on Saturday at the Magical Crypto Conference in New York, HTC’s Phil Chen revealed a new low-cost version of its blockchain phone, the EXODUS 1s, announcing that the device will be capable of acting as a full node for the bitcoin network, meaning customers will store the entire blockchain’s data on their devices. The company will also provide a software development kit (SDK) available for its Zion Vault, HTC’s crypto wallet app, and eventually plans to open-source the code behind its social key recovery mechanism.
HTC Plans to Launch Another Blockchain Phone This Year, Exec Says

HTC Plans to Launch Another Blockchain Phone This Year, Exec Says

Taiwanese consumer electronics firm HTC is doubling down on its mission to offer blockchain features to its cellphone customers. HTC decentralized chief officer Phil Chen said at a recent event in Taipei that the company is preparing to release a second generation of its blockchain phone, the EXODUS, by the year’s end, Taiwan News reported Sunday. The HTC EXODUS 1 was officially released last October, after being first announced during CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 event last May.
Sirin Labs Lays Off 25% of Staff Amid Poor Blockchain Phone Sales

Sirin Labs Lays Off 25% of Staff Amid Poor Blockchain Phone Sales

Israel-based Sirin Labs, maker of the Finney blockchain phone, has laid off a quarter of its workforce. Speaking to local financial news source Globes, the firm said it had let go of 15 of its 60 employees – less than had been speculated in the media. The layoffs come amid a disappointing consumer reaction to the firm’s recently launched blockchain phone.